I am currently an Senior Research Fellow. I recently completed an Arthritis Research UK (now Versus Arthritis) Fellow (Career Development Fellowship; January 2011-2017). My Fellowship was entitled ‘Shedding light on the cause of systemic sclerosis: Can non-invasive imaging techniques elucidate pathogenesis and measure disease?’ My work involves the development and application of novel, non-invasive imaging techniques in order to learn more about skin structure and blood vessel structure and function. I am particularly interested identifying changes due to the progression of systemic sclerosis (a systemic connective tissue disease which causes skin fibrosis and decreased perfusion) and how skin in patients with systemic sclerosis differs from that of healthy controls.
Prior to my Arthritis Resaerch Fellowship I was a University of Manchester ‘Stepping Stone’ Fellow (2005-2010), project entitled ‘Optical techniques for imaging structure and blood flow in microvascular disease’. The project involved developing and implementing imaging techniques to measure cutaneous perfusion for the purpose of monitoring disease progression and treatment response. In addition to imaging novel treatments for two aspects of the systemic sclerosis disease (telangiectases and digital ischaemia) were piloted.
My work is multi-disciplinary, involving a significant amount of collaboration with other groups within and outside the university and with industry.